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Upcoming Events

Charleston Wrap - If any order forms have not been turned in yet please have them in by this Wednesday October 10th or they will not be included in the order.  Any orders received after this date will be returned home with your child.

Backyard Growers - West Parish garden clean up is Saturday, October 13th. They will be meeting at O'Maley School at 9:00am to shovel soil.  If some families are joining later then they can meet at West Parish School.

Spirit Wear - Spirit Wear order forms will go home this week and MUST be returned by Friday October 26th.  This is your chance to order West Parish sweatshirts, tee shirts and sweatpants.

PTO Meeting - Wednesday October 10th at 6:30pm in the library.  All are welcomed and encouraged to attend to discuss upcoming events including the Holiday Fair.  5th grade committee to follow at 7:30pm

Box Tops for Education - Please send in your Box Tops by Tuesday, October 16th.   Forms were sent home in students' folders last week.  25 Box tops per sheets, all extras can be put in a ziplock bag with your child's name and teacher's name on it.  Please make sure they are not expired!.  The class with the most Box Tops will win an extra recess!

Let's Glow Crazy - Friday October 19th  5th Grade Fundraiser.  DJ Souz will be under black lights in the gym.  We will have glow themed games , Halloween crafts, photo booth, a concession selling pizza, The Causeway Restaurant's famous chowder, snacks, drinks and the Glow Bar!  There is no charge to enter but you will need to buy tickets to play games and make purchases at the Glow Bar.    See full details on our FB page at Friends of West Parish.

Coins for a Cause - Visit Institution for Savings banks in Gloucester, Rockport or Beverly during the month of October to convert your coins to paper money.  The 5% conversion fee will be donated to West Parish PTO.  This is free money to us.  Tell your friends and neighbors.

Bake Sale - Tuesday November 6th.  We are hoping to set up our annual Bake Sale at 2 locations this year - West Parish School Lobby and Magnolia Library.  We will be looking for volunteers for each location.  Any time that you can donate is a help!

Holiday Fair - Friday November 30th from 6-9pm  If anyone is interested in being a vendor for the holiday fair contact Haley Allison at  $25 for a table or you can donate something of equal value to the raffle table.




National PTA                                                                                                      

President                                            Rachel Refalo                                                      

Vice President                                   Elizabeth Ciolino                                                          

Secretary                                           Kristin Rattray                                                           

Treasurer                                          LeeAnne Ciaramitaro                                            

General questions can be directed to any of the above or to :

Please like the Friends of West Parish Facebook Page for timely and fun updates and information.

Enrichment Coordinators                    Kerri Cooke, Teresa Leaman                                                                                                                                                                                      

Box Tops Coordinator                         LeeAnne Ciaramitaro                                          

Library Coordinators                          Graziella Paone, Adrienne Ricci-Munn

Garden Coordinator                            Lara Lepionka                             978-283-1308            

                                                           Jay Harrison                                                     


The purpose of the West Parish PTO shall be to ensure the well being of our school children by fostering interest and cooperation among parents, teachers and the administration in order to enhance an atmosphere of learning in the school. The West Parish PTO shall provide opportunities for enrichment to encourage the physical, mental, social and emotional growth of our children.


PTO meetings will be held the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 until 8:00pm in the West Parish school library (unless otherwise noted on the PTO annual calendar). If there is an item that you would like to see put on the agenda for the monthly meeting, please email or call Rachel Refalo (contact information above) one week prior to a PTO meeting. We welcome ALL parents and teachers to attend the PTO meetings! We welcome all ideas, comments and suggestions. These are your children, please be as involved as possible.


The WEST PARISH NEWS  newsletter will be sent home via email. This newsletter is meant to inform all parents and staff of past, present and future school events, as well as thank volunteers and students. We will try our best to include all pertinent information, however, we apologize if we miss something, big or small. If you would like to see something included in a newsletter please submit your "copy" or request in writing to Rachel Refalo (contact information above).


There are so many great ways to get involved in your child's education. However, one of the best ways is to volunteer during the school day and at special events. When your child sees you at "their" school it shows that you care and support them. It will brighten both of your days to share a smile in the school hallways!

You will be asked throughout the year to volunteer small amounts of time to pre-planned calendar events, such as a Harvest Festival in the fall and Holiday Fair in early December or the spring Jog Along. Each event will be described in the WEST PARISH NEWS as well as sent home in flyer form asking for specific hours of need. Please get involved! It is a great way to meet your fellow parents and have fun.


Our enrichment team is focused on researching, locating and planning events for our students that are provided by the outside community. The West Parish Enrichment program strives to present programs for students in all grade levels that not only enhance the Massachusetts Frameworks Curriculum, but also develop the children's education of the arts, theatre, music and science. Over the years students have experienced programs such as Art Quest, a three-day introduction to various historical artists and their style and media, and how to "read' and understand works of art; a visit from a clay artist, who taught the students about the origin of clay as well as had them sculpt works of art; a visit from Gabriela Mistral, a poet from Chile who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work; an acting Beethoven biographically introduced the students to his writing and playing of music; owls, falcons, hawks and other birds of prey were presented to West Parish students to help increase their knowledge of wildlife as well as Falconry and the Medieval world; and finally, the students heard and felt the beating of the drums as the Taiko Japanese Drummers played and learned about the structure of the drums and how their shape and materials create various sounds.

The Enrichment team is always researching new venues to incorporate into our students' learning and everyday lives. The goal of Enrichment is to introduce children to multiculturalism, arts and literature, music, science and nature and more in a fun and interesting manner while advancing the learning that is happening in the classroom. The Enrichment team would love your help! If you would like to become a part of the West Parish Enrichment team please contact any of the Enrichment coordinators (contact information above).


The West Parish staff work hard every day to provide our students with a warm, encouraging, safe, interesting and fun environment in which to learn. Although this is a "job" for them, they go above and beyond the duties of an educator, and encompass a much larger role for our children. The Hospitality committee will strive to remind the staff that we appreciate them by acknowledging their hard work with appreciation meals and small tokens of thanks throughout the year. If you are interested in helping to thank our wonderful West Parish staff, please contact Tricia Reed (contact information above).


Box Tops can be found on many grocery items that are purchased every day. You will find a small red, white and orange "Box Tops for Education" logo on the side of boxes, frosting tins, Ziplock boxes, Juicy Juice Boxes and many more. West Parish will receive $.10 for each of these box tops sent into school. In the past West Parish has earned over $3,000.00 through Box Top Collection. Please clip your box tops for your children! Any questions, comments, or offers to help, please contact Leeanne Ciaramitaro (contact information above).


The West Parish library is a very happening place! Here students are introduced to picking out their first books, researching information for their first reports, and given a calm, relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy their love of reading. If you would like to become part of the great Library Team, which includes helping in the library as often as you can and seeing the bright faces of the West Parish community, please contact any of the Library Coordinators (contact information above).


In order for our students to become well-rounded individuals, we at the West Parish ?TO think that they need to expand their educational reach to outside families and the community that surrounds them. This entails food collections for the hungry, beach clean-up efforts, pajama and book drives and much more. If you have an idea that fits our community outreach mission, or would like to be involved with this group, please email or call Rachel Refalo.


In Spring 2010, parents decided to enrich our students education by installing new garden beds on the West Parish grounds. New beds were put in place, while old garden beds were repaired. Students then planted seeds and seedlings of all types and kinds in the gardens, included sunflower seed plantings by the future Kindergarten class in the hopes that on their first day of school they would find their prized flower! The West Parish gardens are the beginning of a community/school wide initiative to put gardens in place at every Gloucester school so that the student will learn from them, and also be able to provide healthy foods to their lunchrooms and food donation services throughout the community. If you have a green thumb, or any thumb at all, please contact Lara Lepionka (info above.)

Every parent is invited, urged and welcome to attend the meetings. The greater participation of our parents, the greater success of our school. Meetings offer a forum for parents to offer ideas and comments and ask questions, as well as a means of keeping up with the PTO business side of fundraising and enrichment programs. If there is something you'd like to have put on the agenda, please contact a PTO cabinet member at least a week before the meeting.